Being a beef producer in Australia is no easy feat. Continually facing challenges such as a volatile market and the unpredictability of the weather, we are constantly hindering all of our efforts.
However, no matter what people say or what people do we as beef producers are always looking to make a larger profit from our cattle in both the good times and the bad.
The only way to do this is to produce a superior product quicker and off less land. Supplying such a product does not just occur. It takes time, it takes passion and it takes commitment. Here at Meridan herd management is made a lot easier using predictable genetic pools in a breeding system that is reaping rewards year in year out.
Both our commercial and stud herds are run under strict guidelines. There is a broad range of tried and proven genetics within the base cows.
All stud females and bulls are measured using breedplan, while the commercial herd is run stringently while consistently moving toward an end goal. All cattle are selected with the emphasis on fertility traits, temperament and a preference for above average growth ebv’s.
All heifers are joined at 18 to 24 months of age using artificial insemination and then followed up by a low birth weight blonde or blondeman bull. Cows and heifers are pregnancy tested annually and are culled if empty.
This has enabled us to keep our breeding herd as fertile as possible and allows us to keep our calving intervals to a 6 to 8 week window. Unless we are breeding for out of season calves for the show circuit.
Here at Meridan we pride ourselves on turning off quality cattle on coast country. We strongly believe in not selling anything we are not prepared to use ourselves and stand strongly behind anything that is sold.
The Blonde d’Aquitaine breed are a heavily muscled French breed renowned for producing efficient, high yielding beef carcasses and were introduced to Australia via semen and embryos in 1975.
The Blonde sire is known for producing small slender docile calves which grow rapidly and maintain a calm temperament, are fine boned, and develop a heavy lean muscle pattern.
Our Foundation blonde breeders were purchased from Old Kentucky, Rupari, Quirran-Lea studs, and other’s dispersals and with this diverse range of genetics in our base cows, we decided they needed to be joined to best Full French and Canadian Sires available.